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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
A Vain Desire
Theodore Wratislaw (b. 1871)
DEAR, did you know how sweet to me
  Was every glance of yours, how sweet
The laugh that lights your face with glee,
  The passing murmur of your feet,
And seeing perchance with grief how vain        5
  The love that makes you sadly dear
Did grant for my unuttered pain
  A whispered word, a smile, a tear
Dropped like a star from Paradise,
  Then might I bless my weary state,        10
Though you behold me from the skies
  And I on earth am desolate.


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